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Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Takes On Groundwater Contamination

Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is a dangerous and volatile chemical compound used as a gasoline additive to oxygenate fuel and reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels caused by auto emissions. In recent years, the use of MTBE in gasoline has become increasingly controversial, in part because of the fact that it is a common source of groundwater contamination. Contamination can occur as a result of leaks or spills from underground storage tanks and pipelines, emissions from marine engines and air deposition.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also expressed concern over the propensity of MTBE to contaminate groundwater. Public water systems are now required to monitor for MTBE and determine what levels have been detected. In addition, there are also safe drinking water hotlines to help those who use private wells determine the levels of MTBE in their drinking water. Numerous organizations and legislation have also been created to deal with increasing levels of MTBE contamination.

What these new and widespread concerns indicate is the fact that many are concerned about the health risks associated with MTBE. As groundwater is the source of much of the population’s drinking water, irrigation water and water for general household uses, exposure to chemicals is frequent and a legitimate concern. Some studies have also linked MTBE to certain types of cancer. It still remains to be seen how damaging the effects of long-term exposure to MTBE can be.

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At Peter Angelos Law, our Maryland environmental litigation lawyers are truly at the top of the field when it comes to high-stakes and complex environmental litigation. Prepared to devote the same effort, commitment and relentless advocacy that we do in every case and for every client, you should be confident in choosing to work with proven and passionate Maryland personal injury lawyers. If you would like to learn more about MTBE, how you or your community can pursue legal actions or how our firm can be of assistance, contact the law offices of Peter Angelos Law today by calling us at 410-216-0009.